The Bawku Central MP, Mahama Ayariga believes that halting 2021 tuition fees for students in public tertiary institutions will be possible.
Ayariga thinks the project if undertaken will be at a minimal cost. ”Because of the pandemic, the state intervention would only need to cover essentials like electricity bills, water, cleaning and IT infrastructure.
Feasibility of Public Tertiary Fees Care
According to Ayariga, families and students take their tertiary fees to heart. He argued that the government is already paying lecturers offering the tuition.
“When you have a lecturer who is already being paid by the state, his salary and other basic expenditures are being paid by the state, why would the same lecturer be charging you?”
When sked to elaborate, Mr Mahama Ayariga said the “the cost that the government will bear will be minimal and that cost can now be absolved through the GETFund”
A little Ayariga could say about the residential fees was that, those on campus can enjoy free residential facility user fees. But for private owned hostels, a negotiation based arrangement could help obtain considerable discounts for it’s student users.
Will Government pay Tertiary Fees?
Mr. Ayariga is still uncertain about the level of monetary commitment that government ought to make to settle this motion. However, he requested that the president Nana Addo grants the go ahead.
One interesting suggestion Mr Ayariga made was the percentage cut in tertiary fees.
“Even if we dont take out everything and are able to reduce the bill by 50 percent or 60 percent, families will be grateful,” the MP said.
Mr Ayariga’s motion on tertiary fees for the 2021 academic year has been tabled before the parliament. The motion is on review and the parliament is yet to decide.